Virginia Highway Safety Office News ReleasesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Media Contact: Katy Lloyd
Department of Motor Vehicles
February 28 is Deadline for Transportation Safety Grant Applications
Submissions Accepted Through DMV Website
RICHMOND - DMV's Virginia Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) is accepting applications to support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for transportation safety grant submissions is February 28, 2014.
The funding period for approved applications is October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. Applicants selected for the program participate on a cost-reimbursement basis.
Interested applicants are required to attend a mandatory workshop and then apply online at www.dmvNOW.com. To receive information about the required workshop and guidelines for grant applications, and to gain access to the online application, applicants must contact the project monitor assigned to their area. Visit http://dmvnow.com/webdoc/safety/resources/safety_contacts.asp for a list of project monitors.
Applications must support Virginia's primary transportation safety goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes. Programs receiving grant funds work toward increasing safety belt use; deterring drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving; and promoting motorcycle, pedestrian, bike, teen and senior driver safety.
The VAHSO is responsible for administering the funds and has established measurable objectives for each of the nearly 400 grant requests awarded each year. Future funding awards are determined by the potential impact on these established performance objectives. For complete guidelines, go to http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/safety/grants/index.asp.
Some examples of previously-funded grant programs are:
- Checkpoint Strikeforce: a statewide campaign to combat impaired driving, combining media efforts with state and local law enforcement mobilization.
- Click It or Ticket: a safety belt enforcement mobilization operated by the Virginia State Police and local law enforcement.
- Street Smart: targets drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists in northern Virginia and includes media relations, radio advertising, outreach events, digital efforts and increased law enforcement.